Photography, filming and drones

With spectacular views, rolling hills, beautiful forests, landscaped gardens and stunning architecture, the Arboretum is one of Canberra’s most popular destinations for recreational and commercial photographers and videographers.

Photography for personal use is permitted and does not attract a fee. There are no restrictions for recreational photography.

Commercial and Not-for-profit filming and photography including wedding photos, family portraits, film production and company promotions must be pre-approved. Fees apply.

The National Arboretum Canberra is a no drone zone. Drones are permitted with prior permission only. To apply, all pilots must submit $20 million public liability Certificate of Currency, a risk management plan and if held, CASA  registration number (if commercial or part of your work). Please apply at least one week prior to intended flight. Fees apply, see below.  To apply or for enquiries contact

Please contact us for an application for commercial filming and photography.  Email: for more information.

Fees and charges 2020

Commercial/advertising/promotional - Photography

Monday to Thursday

$300 including GST
(3 hours)

Friday to Sunday

$350 including GST
(3 hours)

Commercial/advertising/promotional - Filming

Monday to Thursday

$680 including GST (half day)

$1360 including GST (full day)

Friday to Sunday

$730 including GST (half day)

$1460 including GST (full day)

Important information:

  • Available during regular opening hours.
  • POA for commercial photography/ filming that is high impact, extended hours and after business hours.
  • Paid parking may apply